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Less than six hours per night of sleep time increased the teenagers’ risk for multiple vehicle crashes, after taking into account exposure to driving.

There is also evidence that teens who sleep for more hours and have better quality sleep have a decreased risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol, insulin resistance and larger waist circumference than teens with shorter sleep times and lower sleep quality.

Peers also influence teenagers more than they influence younger children.

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Research studies suggest that teenagers are suffering an “epidemic of sleep deprivation” globally — one that will have long-term health impacts.

It is hosted by the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Western Cape, the African Population and Health Research Centre and the Nigerian Academy of Science.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a Strategic Partner.

Using electronic technology before bed and during the night increases the risk for shorter sleep time.

Research shows that physical activity and avoiding screens before bed are both strategies to promote earlier bedtimes and protect your teenagers’ sleep.

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